Orange Co. confirms 5,491 positive COVID-19 cases in last 2 weeks,…

first_imgApopka Zipcodes – number tested positive for COVID-19, to date32703: 1098 positive cases32712: 817 positive casesCOVID-19 TESTINGOrange County Health Services continues its free testing Friday, August 7 at Econ Soccer Complex. While registration is closed for Friday, August 7, if you need a test, the site still has availability. You can stop by the Econ Soccer Complex between 8 a.m. and noon, and register on site. It may take a few minutes, but you will get tested.Free testing will also be provided next week at the Econ Soccer Complex, from Tuesday, August 11 through Friday, August 14.The site will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can make an online appointment directly at visit for additional testing sites to visit.ORANGE CARESOn Monday, August 10, 2020 at 8 a.m. the application process for Orange CARES Small Business Grant Program will reopen for applications for CARES Act monies for small businesses. Home-based businesses with three or less employees can now apply for micro-grants.The grants will range from $1,000 to $3,000 dollars.Small businesses with less than 100 employees can still qualify for $10,000 grants.The Orange CARES Program for Individual and Families continues to send out status emails to applicants. Those who applied on June 22 should receive their status email later this week. Email approvals for July 13 applications will begin to go out August 10. To date, more than $14 million has been provided to residents in need during this pandemic.For more information, visit MORATORIUMOn Tuesday August 11, 2020, the Board of County Commissioners will be asked to designate $20 million dollars in CARES Act monies for a COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program.The program is designed to assist individuals impacted by the coronavirus who are in imminent danger of being evicted.  It is also designed to assist landlords.The tenant must be at least two months behind in rent. Tenants and property owners must both agree to participate.Online applications will be accepted starting August 25, 2020.More details will be shared with the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday. The meeting will be available live on Orange TV at answers to some frequently asked questions on housing issues, visit DEVELOPMENT TAX COLLECTIONSOrange County Comptroller Phil Diamond announced today that tourist development tax (TDT) collections (resort tax) received by Orange County for the June 2020 were $2,629,400. That is an 89.2% decrease compared to last year’s collections.On the bright side, while TDT collections remain at historically low levels, TDT collections increased compared to May 2020 collections. That increase is at least partially attributable to the re-openings of Universal, SeaWorld, and other attractions in June—although at limited capacities. Thanks a bunch,this is important to know. TAGSCARES Act MoniesCOVID-19EvictionHome-Based BusinessesLandlordOrange County GovernmentSmall Business GrantsStatisticsTesting Previous articleAnonymous letter to City Council outlines alleged APD officers’ concerns over salary and merit payNext articleBack-to-School Sales Tax Holiday brings 3 days of savings; details of what is / isn’t tax free Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard, Orange County 8/6/2020 Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here August 7, 2020 at 11:13 am Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate 1 COMMENT The Anatomy of Fear center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply Please enter your name here Small business grant applications opens next week, includes home-based businesses; details on assistance for tenants and landlords; resort tax collections down 89%From the Orange County NewsroomCOVID-19 NUMBERSOrange County has an increase of 345 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases reported at the Thursday afternoon news conference. This brings the County’s total confirmed positive cases to 5,491 in the past two weeks.Since Monday, 38 Orange County residents have unfortunately died from the virus bringing the death toll to a total of 275 residents. The average positivity rate for the past 14 days is at 8 percent. There is more information provided at Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Aída Gonzalez Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Finance expert speaks to students

first_imgCuriosity, research and service are the main pillars of success, according to popular finance professional specialist Carl Ackermann.Rosie LoVoi Ackermann, who holds the Nolan Professorship for Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction, shared his experiences and advice Wednesday night in a speech titled “How to Have an Impactful Undergraduate Experience” for the second annual installment of the Sorin Scholars lecture series. The main purpose of Ackermann’s speech was to advise students on how to lead a fulfilling life in their academic field and how to be socially impactful.According to his biography on the Mendoza College of Business’s website, Ackermann “crusades against excessive fees in the investment industry, redirecting them to fight poverty and despair.” In 2012, Ackermann was named one of the top 10 business professors nationwide by Businessweek, the website said.The event was sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE). Jeffrey Thibert, interim director and assistant director of national fellowships for CUSE, introduced Ackermann and talked about CUSE’s mission.“The mission of CUSE is to enable Notre Dame graduates to build on what they do in the classroom with activities outside the classroom,” Thibert said. “We want you ideally to see your undergraduate years as the beginning of a life’s work. You don’t have to wait until graduation to see positive change around you.”Ackermann began his lecture by talking about the importance of research through the lens of his own experience with research in a graduate program at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.“Being able to investigate a program from so many angles is unbelievably intellectually satisfying,” Ackermann said. “If you are interested in it, an exciting career at the forefront of discovery awaits you.”Ackermann said one of the most important tools to have, even in his field of finance, are developed, articulate writing skills.“Excellent writing is the key distinguisher in almost every field,” Ackermann said. “Turns out, almost everyone in the field can do the math, so it’s the people that can communicate the best that excel.”Ackermann went on to talk about how he thought one of the most admirable qualities Notre Dame students possessed was their commitment to service. He himself takes part in service by helping employees of local service organizations plan for their financial future, he said.“If you volunteer in the field of your professional expertise, you can magnify your potential in that field,” Ackermann said. “If you work in a field that traditionally does less service, like mine, you can actually have a lot of impact. … There’s a lot of low-hanging fruit where you can immediately improve the fortunes.”Ackermann encouraged students to utilize the resources available to them around campus such as the Career Center, the Writing Center and the Center for Social Concerns. He also said while in college, students should not neglect nutrition and personal finance.“Contrary to popular belief, beer, Kraft mac-and-cheese, Ramen noodles and Pop-Tarts are not the major food groups,” Ackermann said. “Learning how to eat right is important because it’s correlated to other behaviors. If you master personal finance in your early 20s, you can accumulate so much more than if you started in your 30s. By gaining command of your personal finances you’ll be able to accelerate and magnify your personal contribution.”Ackermann also stressed the importance of fun and well-being. Sometimes these areas can be overshadowed by the importance placed on academics, he said. In order to combat this, he said he maintains a daily goal to try and make one person’s day.He then told the audience to look under their seats. Under one person’s seat, Ackermann had taped a $20 bill for a student to keep.“Remember it’s easier to be fun and nice — it’s probably easier than being mean,” he said.Students should take more risks, Ackermann said, such as joining start-up companies with the knowledge that there is a high likelihood of failure or studying abroad in a country where they are do not know the language. Ackermann said the experience he felt he learned the most from was the time he worked as a soccer referee in an ethnically diverse neighborhood in Boston, where many of the players’ first language was not English.“There’s almost no risk to these experiences if you take them on now,” Ackermann said. “The times I’ve grown the most in life are when I’ve deliberately placed myself in uncomfortable situations. By being too closed, I’ve missed out on so many missed opportunities. Believe it or not, you’ll have more free time in college than you will at any other time in your life.”Tags: Carl Ackermann, CUSE, Sorin Scholars, undergraduate experiencelast_img read more

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The Phoenix Lands on Mars

first_imgThe Phoenix Spacecraft successfully landed on Mars Sunday night.  Its mission is to look for water and the potential habitability of life in the northern latitudes of the red planet near its polar cap for the next 3 months.  This is the first soft landing on Mars in 32 years, and the third in history since the Vikings landed in 1976.    Visit the Jet Propulsion Laboratory website for latest news.  The landing was confirmed Sunday night, and spacecraft health was confirmed shortly afterward.  A suite of dozens of first images of this part of Mars was published at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Lab which manages the mission.    The lander is equipped with a robotic arm which will soon begin digging into the soil for evidence of ice.  The diggings will be transported to on-board instruments that will analyze the chemistry of the soil and ice with much better resolution than provided by the Viking landers.    An image of the parachuted descent was taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter that arrived at Mars last May 25 and has already sent 55 terabytes of data back to Earth.  MRO’s high-resolution camera later pinpointed Phoenix sitting on the surface.    These news sources also reported the landing:, the BBC News, and National Geographic.The mission proceeds on the assumption that if conditions do not rule life out, then life will evolve.  Despite the dubious assumption, any achievement in space this demanding and complex is worthy of celebration and appreciation.    This lander is not capable of discovering life.  It will only try to find if water and organics exist under the surface.  Marsologists already know that the radiation environment is too hostile to expect anything walking or crawling around.  It will take future missions like the Mars Science Laboratory, being prepped for a 2009 launch, to be capable of detecting life.  Optimism is bound to outrun empiricism, so we will try to help sort out the claims from the data as the mission continues.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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USDA seeks ideas to help SNAP participants become independent

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it is looking for innovative ideas to promote work and self-sufficiency among able-bodied adults participating in the department’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).The public is invited to provide input through a notice in the Federal Register. Comments can be submitted on the web through the Federal Register. USDA intends to use the input received to find improvements to SNAP policy and related services that can best assist SNAP participants return to self-sufficiency.“Long-term dependency has never been part of the American dream,” said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. “USDA’s goal is to move individuals and families from SNAP back to the workforce as the best long-term solution to poverty. Everyone who receives SNAP deserves an opportunity to become self-sufficient and build a productive, independent life.”Federal law limits the amount of time an able-bodied adult without dependents (ABAWD) can receive SNAP benefits to three months in a 36-month period, unless the individual is working and/or participating in a work program half-time or more, or participating in workfare. The law exempts individuals from the time limit for several reasons, including age, unfitness for work, or having a dependent child. The law also provides state agencies with flexibility to request a waiver of this time limit if unemployment is high or the area does not have a sufficient number of jobs to provide employment.“Too many states have asked to waive work requirements, abdicating their responsibility to move participants to self-sufficiency. Past decisions may have been the easy short-term choice, but USDA policies must change if they contribute to a long-term failure for many SNAP participants and their families,” Perdue said.The President’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Proposal, released on Feb. 12, proposes to limit waivers of the time limit for ABAWDs to counties with 10 percent unemployment over 12 months.“The SNAP safety net must be there for those unable to work due to disability or another legitimate reason,” Perdue said. “But for the able-bodied, we must reduce barriers to work, and hold both individuals and states accountable for participants getting and keeping jobs.”Starting tomorrow, the public is invited to submit comments or ideas on helping able-bodied SNAP participants find work and become self-sufficient through The comment period will be open through April 9, 2018.last_img read more

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Connecticut Continues Ban on Wind Turbines

first_imgSmokestacks or wind turbines?The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities urged the proposals be rejected, but others were critical of the state’s reluctance to permit large-scale wind turbines.“Travel across Connecticut and you will see power plant smokestacks spewing pollution into the air we breathe in every corner of the state,” Environmental Connecticut Executive Director Chris Phelps told The Republican. “Yet wind power opponents are worried about seeing wind turbines spinning in the distance? That’s ridiculous.” A Connecticut legislative committee has rejected a set of regulations for large-scale wind energy projects, effectively continuing a 2011 ban on turbines and leaving projects in four communities in limbo for the time being, according to a report in The Republican.Members of the Regulations Review Committee said the rules proposed by the Connecticut Siting Council didn’t give enough weight to the concerns of local officials and would make it too easy for developers to skirt regulations with waivers.The decision has the effect of further delaying projects in Ashford, Union, Colebrook and Prospect, the report said.The Siting Council was created in 2011 to regulate projects that would have trouble winning approval if left solely to the discretion of local officials. But the ban will on wind farms will continue until the Regulations Review Committee accepts the rules.last_img read more

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Adapting Care to Culture

first_imgJay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDCover photo image: Creative Commons Licensing [Flickr, 35th CSSB hosts Hispanic Heritage Month observance, October 9, 2014]What are the most important factors in creating a culturally competent mental health practice?In a recent article published in Advances in Social Work, Christi Luby reviews cultural competency literature related to the military and provides a framework for increasing cultural competency [1].  The framework for developing cultural competency is an ongoing process, beginning with a self-inventory to evaluate office or individual prejudice on military issues.  Next steps include: 1) Adapting care to the military culture; 2) Increasing personal or office involvement by attending military activities; and, 3) Encouraging military member’s participation in community activities.Adapting care to the military culture may include the following steps:Consider the military mission and values. For instance, in the military culture the mission may be the most important aspect in the military member’s life.  This attitude will influence the military member’s view of his/her role in the family.Organizational structure and rank hierarchy play an important role in success of the military member at work. Providers may benefit by understanding rank and how rank influences an individual’s behavior at work, in the family, and in the community.Consider the demographics of the individual military member’s unit. Characteristics of the work group surrounding the military member may influence the available support for the individual.Become familiar with terms and idioms that are specific to the military. Communication on the client’s level is important to building a strong therapeutic relationship.Include the family when considering the culture. For instance, the family may be experiencing the stress of deployment differently than the military member and the stressors experienced by the family and their ability to cope will affect the performance of the military member.A large number of active duty military members and reservists seek mental health care in the community away from base.  By developing and maintaining cultural competency, a community clinician can develop the communication skill and knowledge to build a trusting relationship with the client that can help achieve successful outcomes.References[1] Luby, C.D. (2012). Promoting military cultural awareness in an off-post community of behavioral health and social support service providers. Advances in Social Work, 13(1), 67-82.This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

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La Salle bounces back, clobbers UST

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. La Salle remained in second seed with a 4-1 record behind undefeated Ateneo.Green Archers assistant coach Miggy Solitaria said their win all depended on the team’s ball movement and stingy defense that has been La Salle’s staple since Aldin Ayo took over.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We played unselfish basketball and we had 26 assists the whole game and it was very impressive because it was a very fast-paced game,” said Solitaria.The Green Archers bamboozled the Growling Tigers on the defensive end and forced the latter to turn the ball over 35 times, leading to 37 points for La Salle. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Giants’ Beckham fined $12,154 for ‘dog pee’ TD celebration Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight La Salle built an 18-point lead, 60-42, at the break in what became as the Green Archers’ foundation until the final buzzer.Ben Mbala had a game-high 29 points with nine rebounds and three blocks to lead the Green Archers while Andrei Caracut orchestrated the La Salle offense and finished with 14 points and five assists.Wendell De Guzman led UST with 18 points, a career-high, while Steve Akomo finished with a 15-point, 13-rebound double-double.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion La Salle went back to its dominating ways and wallopped University of Santo Tomas, 115-86, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.After losing to University of the Philippines, 98-87, last week, the Green Archers vented their frustration on the miserable Growling Tigers, who have yet to win in six matches in what became as the team’s worst start since the 1993-1994 academic year.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

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Thisara Perera 74-ball 140 in vain as New Zealand beat Sri Lanka in 2nd ODI to win series

first_imgNew Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI Scores(Full scorecard)Brief scores:New Zealand 319 for 7 in 50 overs (Taylor 90, Munro 87, Neesham 64, Malinga 2 for 45, Pradeep 1 for 59)Sri Lanka 298 all out in 46.2 overs (Perera 140, Gunathilaka 71, Sodhi 3 for 55, Neesham 2 for 48, Henry 2/52)New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 21 runsThisara Perera smashed 13 sixes in an astonishing display of power-hitting which took Sri Lanka to the brink of a remarkable win over New Zealand on Saturday in the second one-day international.Perera was the last man out on 140 – with Sri Lanka ending on 298 in 46.2 overs – as a chastened New Zealand held on to win by 21 runs and clinch an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.All-rounder Perera came to the wicket at No. 7 with his team struggling at 121 for 5 after 25 overs in reply to New Zealand’s 319 for 7. Undaunted by a seemingly impossible position, he blasted his way to a century from 57 balls, beating his previous best ODI score of 80.Perera overall hit 110 runs from boundaries – 13 sixes and eight fours in an innings of 140.Thisara Perera brings up his maiden ODI off 57 balls!SL 251/8 (41.4 Ovs) chasing 320. #NZvSL Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) January 5, 2019New Zealand were still coasting to victory with Sri Lanka at 128 for 7 in the 27th over after Sri Lanka lost five wickets for 16 runs through the middle of their innings. But Perera expertly marshalled the Sri Lanka tail, farming the strike to continue an assault that the New Zealand bowlers appeared unable to counter.He put on 75 in an eighth-wicket stand with captain Lasitha Malinga, then added a further 95 for Sri Lanka’s last two wickets with tailenders Lakshan Sandakan and Nuwan Pradeep. Perera simply encouraged those batsmen to block out the bowlers until he could get back on strike and take up the contest again.advertisement”First off I’m really proud of myself because it’s my first century,” Perera said. “For the last eight years I’m batting No. 8 or No. 9 and if I’m batting No. 7 I can get more time at the crease so I thank the coaching staff for trusting me.”VICTORY! But it didn’t come without a few nervous moments! Thisara Perera blasting an amazing 140 off just 74 balls! NZ win by 21 runs and claim the series! #NZvSL (@BLACKCAPS) January 5, 2019Strong winds at the Bay Oval helped to carry the boundaries when hitting downwind. Perera’s onslaught was also boosted by one of New Zealand’s worst fielding performances in recent years – at least 10 chances went to ground from the usually safe hands of players such as Martin Guptill, Trent Boult, Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls.Perera said he always believed a win was possible.”I told the last few batsmen it’s very hard to hit on this ground because of the wind, so I had to take the responsibility throughout the innings,” he said. “I already spoke to Nuwan and Sandakan and said ‘Please play even six balls per over so I can take the strike from the other end.'”New Zealand’s total fell well short of the 371 for 7 it achieved on the same pitch at Bay Oval in the first ODI two days earlier when it beat Sri Lanka by 45 runs.Guptill, who made 138 in that match, and Williamson, who made 76, were both out cheaply. Colin Munro made 87 and Ross Taylor scored 90.Jimmy Neesham, who hit 47 from 13 balls in the first match, struck 64 off 37 on Saturday. But the New Zealand innings was hit by four run outs which included the wickets of Munro and Taylor.Sri Lanka made a solid start, helped by 71 from Danushka Gunathilaka. But a middle-order collapse left them facing a comprehensive defeat until Perara scared the hosts.”Thisara came out and played out of his skin,” Williamson said. “Suddenly guys are under pressure to execute their skills with the wind factor here as well and a few fumbles.”It was all leaning in one direction for a little while there but it was good the guys could hold their nerve and come away with the win.”Also Watch:last_img read more

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10 months agoSolskjaer reveals Man Utd medical room now clearing

first_imgSolskjaer reveals Man Utd medical room now clearingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says their medical room is clearing ahead of the clash with Bournemouth.United have won both games since Solskjaer took charge but Anthony Martial joined Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku on the sidelines when being taken ill over the Christmas period.When asked by MUTV if anybody was coming back for the next game, Ole replied: “Hopefully the front three with Romelu, Alexis and Anthony – that is not a bad three to have ready. So towards the end [of a game], when you are 2-0 up, 3-0 up, if you can put players with pace on, then that makes a difference.”So when you score three at home but you know you have three lads awaiting to get on, then that’s great.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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